May 31, 2005
If looking for extraordinary, you've come to the Wrong place.
1st Set: "Promised" is a tad underwhelming & sloppy to start off after a generous, well-played evening last night. "TLEO" trots without much distinction. "Mama's" backbeat provides my first gaping smile of the evening. "Mexicali" is standard, tho the audience's anticipatory energy is pleasing. "Friend"'s an ehhhh..."Cassidy" decent, but nothing revelatory. "Jack" is a welcome change but the band members are not on the same page. "LLR" is sweet and tender. Despite Jerry's belting, "Ramble" lacks musical dynamicism. "Minglewood" and "Deal" are both standard to close off an unremarkable set of music.
2nd Set: "Miracle->Bertha->Good Lovin" is a repeat from last night, and was a very popular threesome during late '78-'80. Unfortunately they became to blend nondistictively into one another. It's not that this version doesn't cook, it's just like a machine crancking out its ready to bake product. "From the Heart of Me" actually works tonight. Donna's voice sooths against a nice tirade of descending Jerry chords. "Ship" is fine. "He's Gone" is a consistent and smooth if Slow-burner of a version. Short uneventful outro that works considering it's all a small delay til we can drum the band up for a little "Truckin." Fun version if not monumental. Jerry's aspirations wisely seperate himself from the band's generic stroll. Yes, a very nice linear journey to "OO" 1st Verse disappointingly appears almost immediately. It rather interrupts the ever-increasing smoke. After 2 minutes, Jerry starts noodling to himself...Weir saves him from this non-personality thing-a-mi-gig... and the whole enterprise fizzles out :( into the "Wharf." Decent version, but Garcia just tugs and tears during the outro solo. A standard enjoyable "Around" and a predictable encore choice of a chippy "US Blues" close out this ordinary evening of music.
Closer to 2 1/2 than three.